COVID-19 has been confirmed in Lexington, and this page will provide all the updates and information offered by the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department. You can also get daily updates on our Facebook and Twitter accounts.
For information on COVID-19 Vaccinations please visit our COVID-19 Vaccination Information page.
May 26: Effective June 1, 2021, the COVID-19 case count information will be updated every morning Monday-Friday. Each update reflects the total through the previous day, with Friday’s count reported on Monday. There will be no data entered for Saturday and Sunday. Any cases from Saturdayand Sunday will be processed with Monday’s count and reported Tuesday. This will not affect the 7-day rolling average.
May 20: Healthy at Work guidance has been updated. The new guidelines can be found here: Healthy at Work Minimum Requirements.
Jan. 11: Vaccination sites in Lexington continue to follow state and federal guidance for prioritizing COVID-19 vaccine distribution. We remain early in Phase 1A providing the vaccine to healthcare workers. Lexington has more than 20,000 healthcare workers, meaning it will take longer to vaccinate this first group than in some other areas of the state, given the limited doses of vaccine available.
We do not have stockpiles of the vaccine waiting to be used – we learn on Friday how many doses we will receive, receive them on Monday and use them by the middle of the week. No doses are wasted.
We are not currently having people sign up for notifications for other phases because plans are still being made on how those vaccinations will be handled. This includes working with the city’s Vaccine Task Force. Once more information is ready for notifications, it will be shared a number of ways, including our website, traditional media, social media, email lists and more to reach as many people in Lexington as possible.
Dec. 17: New regulations relating to COVID-19 in Lexington can be found here:
Hearing Procedures for Appeals from Mask Mandate Order
Hearing Procedures for Appeals from Quarantine or Self-Isolation Orders
Nov. 24: To allow our employees to enjoy the holiday (and their first break since the pandemic began!), we will be closed Thursday, Nov. 26, for Thanksgiving. This includes our COVID-19 response team, meaning new positive cases will not be contacted until Friday. Cases will also not be released from isolation orders on Thursday. The COVID-19 response team returns to work Friday, Nov. 27. Our website will not have numbers updated on Thursday but will return to updates Friday. All other public health services will be closed Friday and will return to regular hours Monday, Nov. 30.
Nov. 17: Because of the large spike in the number of new COVID-19 cases reported daily, we are streamlining our contact tracing process to focus on contacting the positive cases to get them into isolation as quickly as possible.
If you live in Lexington and test positive for COVID-19, please begin your isolation period immediately, and you will be contacted by the health department as soon as possible. We are also asking you to start contacting anyone who you have been in close contact with to help slow the spread. We will only be able to follow up on contacts in certain higher-risk situations so that our team can focus on identifying and contacting the increasing number of new cases and isolating them.
We have developed these guides (COVID-19 Patient Guide/En Español and Close Contact Quarantine Information/en Español) to help you understand what steps to take once testing positive.
Nov. 9: Starting Nov. 9, we are transitioning to the state’s contact tracing system. Over the next few weeks, our staff will be entering cases into the state’s tracking system while also continuing to use our existing system. We are working with the Kentucky Department for Public Health to make the transition as smooth as possible.
Part of the transition includes loading data from all previous cases into the new system. We do not anticipate the transition will cause any delays in case investigations or in updating our daily COVID-19 case counts on our website. However, specific demographic information might not be available for our daily charts/graphs in the interim. The charts/graphs will return as soon as the information is available to be pulled from the new system.
Oct. 7: The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department, with assistance from the Kentucky Department for Public Health, has developed a way to enter more than 1,900 of Lexington’s COVID-19 cases into a state system. This will allow the state’s reported COVID-19 case numbers for Lexington to more closely align with Lexington’s cumulative case count. We are appreciative of the community’s understanding as we moved through this delay. As previously stated, the delay only existed with data entry; there were no delays in contacting positive cases and close contacts in Lexington.
- Updated Healthcare Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations in Response to COVID-19 Vaccination
Congregate Living COVID-19 Guidance:
- CDC COVID-19 Guidance
- City of Lexington
- Kentucky COVID-19
- CivicLex COVID-19 Information Hub
- COVID-19 and Animals
- How to Wear a Mask
- Close Contact Quarantine Information
- COVID-19 Patient Guide
- COVID-19 and Childcare Centers
Exposure Notification Forms
FDA Guidance Links
- Best Practices Landing Page
- Constituent Update
- Main Food Safety and COVID Page
- Food Safety During Emergencies
- Retail Main Page
- Checklist PDF
- Infographic PDF